Good intentions and clear thinking the two starting characteristic for doing any virtue. Goodness gives strength and courage, which makes people righteous. They keep on analyzing their actions, with a simple thumb rule.
If any action that said publicly, causes humiliation is a” vice”. That is really simple..virtues are never a secret. It is part of everyday life.
The main characteristic of a good person are that he is,down to earth , sweet and accomodating in nature. Their strength is not in yelling , rather it’s in controlling their temper.
The first precautionary step is to check self centred attitude. For them life is not revolving around ,” me “. Life is for living amicably with others.Goodness progress gets, derouted or halted if that person starts to feel proud of himself. When he thinks, that his good actions are a favor to people.Making him judgemental , starts to climb up on a ladder of ego..eeeee gooooooooooooo..that makes him a tyrant..slowly the once virtus person becomes viciously vice. He falls into a trap, a web of self indulgence. Can not see beyond himself..too fat..too thick becomes his boastful attitude. People move away from him and he think, they are jealous..but they are in reality fed up with his self praise 😉
Knowledge and wisdom both must exists, or knowledge could blind the mind..then you are groping in the darkness of egoistic fantasy.
So..as you are following the steps into virtue be careful of the vices ..from within these are sly emotions that goes unnoticed, under the skin and seeks to posion your thinking and attitude..from positive to negative. From respecting people to making fun of those lesser or unfortunate.
Never be too sure, for you may turn sour and sorry..before you realize or know..that goodness light was put off by, the self inflicted egoistic pride..turning you into a shadow ..like darkness with no sight.